Trumbo negotiating tough stretch at the plate

Trumbo negotiating tough stretch at the plate

Trumbo negotiating tough stretch at the plate
OAKLAND -- It's been a good year for Mark Trumbo.

The left fielder has built on his breakout campaign of last season, making his first career All-Star team and improving his overall numbers. But he's currently fighting through perhaps his worst stretch of 2012.

Trumbo has just five hits in his last 32 at-bats (a .156 average) and also has just one home run in his last 15 games. Monday night's matchup against the A's was another frustrating one for the 26-year-old, as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

But while Angels manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged on Tuesday that Trumbo is going through a tough stretch, he doesn't see much of anything wrong with the outfielder's approach or swing.

"I think in this little thing you've seen, maybe just a very marginal amount of expanding, but nothing that's been flagrant," Scioscia said. "He's gotten some pitches to hit and he's just missed them."

It seems likely that nobody's taking the slump harder than Trumbo, who's always hard on himself. While that can be a negative if a player applies too much self-pressure, it can also provide the impetus for getting through stretches such as the one Trumbo's going through right now.

"He's very accountable. I think that's an asset," Scioscia said. "I don't think it's hard on himself, I just think he expects a lot out of his talent. He's not hard on himself to where he's tying himself up in knots. He expects himself to be the type of player that we saw last year and we're seeing this year."